I’m not ready to quite believe it, but I need to hear some clarification from the company tout suite:
The Christian-rooted fast food restaurant agreed to stop funding groups such as Focus on the Family that oppose same-sex marriage in a meeting with the Chicago politician who had been blocking the company’s move there. Chick-fil-A wrote a letter to Alderman Joe Moreno affirming this, according to his spokesman, Matt Bailey, but the company initially wouldn’t allow his office to release the letter to the public. Three weeks later they relented.
Chick-fil-A did not returns requests for comment, and has previously said it will not discuss the issue with the media.
Mr. Martinez said Chick-fil-A told the alderman they will no longer fund groups that support traditional marriage through their charity arm, the WinShape Foundation, and will instead use that money toward educational programs and food donations.
“The WinShape Foundations is now taking a much closer look at the organizations it considers helping, and in that process will remain true to its stated philosophy of not supporting organizations with political agendas,” Chick-fil-A wrote in the letter.
Again, I’m open to hearing an explanation that makes this sound better, but it doesn’t sound real good right now. I can appreciate that Chick-Fil-A is a business, and like all businesses, they don’t want trouble. Even though they came out as the winner of the last round with gay rights activists, nobody would want to be in the eye of that storm again.
But I hope that the company understands that relenting will not buy you peace with these people. Once they’ve seen they can push you, they will never stop pushing.